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Remember Lot's Wife

Updated on August 8, 2013

Lot's Wife

“But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.” – Gen. 19:26

Remember Lot's wife. -- Luke 17:32

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. -- Luke 17:33

Heart of a Woman Ministries

The Lesson Finds You!

I stepped onto the train as I have on so many mornings before on my way to work. However, this was not like "all" the mornings prior. I took a corner seat on the RiverLine in thoughts of "stealing" a few moments of sleep on the 40-minute ride to my destination.

As I closed my eyes, the voices of two men caught my attention. One man was in his 20s, while the other was in his late 30s. They had just bid good bye to one of their fellow commuters. The older gentleman said that he couldn't sleep at all last night. He went on to say, while the younger man listened, that he had backslidden from the God that loved Him!

The younger man replied "it's a blessing in knowing that you did it?" The older gentleman said "yes, I know" but God's been too Good to me. The younger man reminded him that NONE of us are perfect but in our shortcomings we can find a way back to the One that loves us more than life.

Pillar of Salt

Introduction of Lot's Wife

Their next thoughts brings us to Lot's WIFE! One of them mentioned "their ADDICTION." This word invokes the thought that they BOTH were in a STRUGGLE! I'm intently listening to this conversation that I was "meant" to hear. We all have an ADDICTION, he said powerfully!

Someone may not be addicted to drugs but they are addicted to something. As the younger man said, "each of us on our journey has "touched" someone, people!" The older man agreed and decided to elaborate on the subject. He said it's like telling someone that if you touch that thing (whatever IT is) that your going to get burnt! You what them to not touch it but they won't hear you and at this point you shake the dust of your feet and let the Word stand on its own but because of the person's disobedience you see them and their burnt, on fire!

He said like that "guy" in scripture that turned to a "pillar of salt!" I wanted to chime in and correct him but the Holy Spirit quieted me and l continued to listen! He said my Aunt is 52 now and is on her back (he eluded to the fact that she had AIDS) because of choices that she made on her journey. The younger man chimed in and said, "even with that, she's can be an example, a lesson for someone else that may keep them for going the way that she went!

The ride ends. As I exit the train and pass by the conversants, I smiled. They had preached to my soul and didn't know it. They didn't know Church venacular and could quote scripture and verse but the truth of God's Word premeate throughout the car of that train!

Remember Lot's Wife

Remember Lot's wife. -- Luke 17:32

Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. -- Luke 17:33

This excerpt is so powerful because Christ, himself, makes reference to this Old Testament woman.

It has been written that even though Lot's Wife remains nameless in scripture, researchers have stated that she was a professor of religion. Lot was called a "righteous man" 2 Peter 2:8, who was tormented by the wickedness that he observed around him.

What touched me so deeply was the fact that this Old Testament woman was held up to the Church by Christ as an example. She serves not only as an example but a warning! She serves as a warning because Jesus is talking about the Day of His Return!

Lot's Wife Illustration

Painting of an illustration of Lot's wife by Sam Weber.
Painting of an illustration of Lot's wife by Sam Weber. | Source

What Is The Warning?

Christ did not bid us to remember Abraham, Issac, or Jacob. Nor, the other notable women in the scriptures like Ruth, Mary, or Deborah. He points us to a nameless woman, the wife of a righteous man.

This nameless woman is a beacon to the most important event for the Church, Christ's return.

What is the warning you ask?

His warning speaks to the dreadful unreadiness of many in the time of His Return! Make no mistake that He desires to imprint our consciouness with the importance of the Nameless Woman!

It is a solemn warning, when we think of the persons to whom it was first given. The Lord Jesus was speaking to His disciples: He was not addressing the Scribes and Pharisees who hated him, but Peter, James, and John, and many others who loved Him: yet even to them He thinks good to address a caution. Even to them He says, "Remember Lot's wife."

Lot Flees Sodom and Gomorrah

Lot Flees with His Two Daughters
Lot Flees with His Two Daughters | Source

Saving Religion Was Scarce on the Earth

J. C. Ryles writes:

In the days of Abraham and Lot, true saving religion was scarce upon earth; there were no Bibles, no ministers, no churches, no tracts, no missionaries. The knowledge of God was confined to a few favoured families; the greater part of the inhabitants of the world were living in darkness, ignorance, superstition, and sin. Not one in a hundred perhaps had such good example, such spiritual society, such clear knowledge, such plain warnings as Lot's wife. Compared with millions of her fellow-creatures in her time, Lot's wife was a favoured woman.

Yet what good effect had all these privileges on the heart of Lot's wife? None at all. Notwithstanding all her opportunities and means of grace-not-withstanding all her special warnings and messages from heaven-she lived and died graceless, godless, impenitent, and unbelieving. The eyes of her understanding were never opened; her conscience was never really aroused and quickened; her will was never really brought into a state of obedience to God; her affections were never really set on things above. The form of religion which she had was kept up for fashion's sake and not from feeling: it was a cloak worn for the sake of pleasing her company, but not from any sense of its value. She did as others around her in Lot's house: she conformed to her husband's ways: she made no opposition to his religion: she allowed herself to be passively towed along in his wake: but all this time her heart was wrong in the sight of God. The world was in her heart, and her heart was in the world. In this state she lived, and in this state she died.

I Must Beat My Body Into Subjection

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. -- 1 Corinthians 9:27

That he might explain this text more clearly, Paul uses a runner/athelete as an example. The runner has as his goal, the win, the prize. The amazing thing about the runner is that he realizes that in order to obtain his goal, he will have "need' to make sacrifices.

He first, must condition his body to endure the race. His mind must be sharp and alert that he might outfox, outwit the strategy of his oponnent/competion. His spirit must be clear that he may be intune with his mind and body.

So, must we as Christians do! We must first start with our desires. They must "align" with the WILL of God. I must separate that which is of my flesh and that which is of spirit. I must abstain from that which draws my heart, attention, and desire away from the One who loves me most.

1 Corinthians 9:24 - 27 (KJV)

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

How Do I Beat My Body Into Submission?

Through Fasting, Praying, Meditating on His Word and self-control.

It will take more than will power, one must simply "decide" that we choose to do the right thing. Choose to "submit" to the Word of God!

When the young man spoke about "addiction" as not only being addicted to drugs, I thought about the night before. I had stayed up a little late to get some things done and to watch the finale of The New York Housewives! I'm just being honest here! LOL! I felt a yearning for those Obay Potato Chips that had not been openned yet but were on top of the refrigerator. My friend and I have been watching our weight since July 1st and I've gotten up to walking 2 miles four times a week. So, I decided I wouldn't go downstairs and get them because my premise was that if I was sleep already, I would not have eaten them! ...sounds good!

Well, I GOT thirsty! LOL! I went downstairs anyway, I looked up at the Potato Chips, got my ice water and left the kitchen and went to bed.

Remove Yourself From the Temptation or Obsession

What I learned last night was that I not only needed to Pray, Fast, Meditate on God's Word but I needed to "REMOVE" myself from the temptation.

In order for me to beat myself into submission, I must remind myself that the Adamic nature resides in my flesh and must be overcome, sometimes, by any means necessary. That sinful nature "fights" to stay in control. This warrants me "beating" it into subjection.

If necessary, I must remove myself from people, places, and things that will enable me to weaken to my Adamic nature.


I beat my body into submission.
I beat my body into submission. | Source

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Can You Relate to Lot's Wife?

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Knowing my weaknesses, flaws, and desire affords me the chance to overcome. As I told a coworker yesterday. The enemy of my diet is not sweets, candy, or soda! I LOVE me some bread and butter! and because I know that I do not linger in the bread aisle of the supermarket, hang around bakeries, or make Dunkin Donuts my hang out spot!

Simply saying I'm strong and have willpower is not enough to overcome. We must use ACTION to set in motion the changes that we need!

Please be kind enough to leave a comment, a note of encouragement, or a scriptue for meditation.

Let's pray:

Father, I come to you In the Matchless Name of Jesus, I pray for all whose eyes read this article. I pray Lord for their strength to make the necessary changes in their lives that they may meet you at the end of their journey in peace. I pray for a renewing of their mind, a praying spirit, and a desire to walk closer with Thee than ever before! I pray that we become excellent examples as to how we are overcomers through You who sacrificed so much to redeem us! We honor You with our lives. AMEN


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    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      7 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      @C-Bless, I'm so honored that you took the time to read a lesson that was so meaningful to me. Your brief comment served as a reminder today to "allow" the gift of God in each of us "live used." Put in action that we might bless others! Thanks for supporting me!

    • C-Bless profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      I like to hear how the Holy Spirit use others to reach us--"They didn't know Church venacular...but the truth of God's Word premeate...!" Amen! I appreciate you sharing, and thank you.

    • Lady Summerset profile imageAUTHOR

      Lady Summerset 

      7 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings MsDora --

      I'm so honored and blessed that you took the time to read my hub. That makes my heart leap for your. I thank God for the strength to overcome the battles that we all must face. Thank you for your kind and wise words!

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      You've given us so much food for thought in this hub - Lot's wife as both an example and a warning, our own struggles and our need to act on making the necessary changes in our lives. I also say "Amen" to the prayer.


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